Available in my SHOP
I have finally managed to get some decent scans made of my Velvet Crab silkscreen prints.
4 colour, One of a set of 8 prints, hand finished. This print NFS.
3 colour Silkscreen print. One of a set of 8 prints, hand finished.
Available in my SHOP
I was delighted to be asked to contribute some artwork for this new book from the completely awesome publishing house Gestalten.
About This Book
Most people who want to understand the world and manage their daily lives can’t get very far without lists. In addition to our personal to-do and shopping lists, there are published lists about everything from best sellers and endangered animals to the most popular children’s names in any given year. We categorize and arrange things in order to provide an overview or examine them in a certain light. Visual Families visualizes our penchant for sorting in playful and entertaining ways. The book presents lighthearted yet compelling work by illustrators, designers, and the creators of infographics that visually structures the stuff of our daily lives. Whether looking at pasta, poets, sneakers, birds, or whole cities, the small is classified into the big.
For the past few years, young creatives from around the world have been developing new visual storytelling techniques that have become more prominent in newspapers and magazines as well as textbooks and company reports. Now, Visual Families showcases an outstanding selection of their innovative display formats. From delicate illustrations of fish to collages of flags, from pictograms of New York City skyscrapers to symbols representing Hollywood hairstyles, the featured work represents an impressive spectrum of visual possibilities. In very different ways, all of the examples tell interesting stories with subjects that might otherwise be boring and dry and show how enjoyable arranging things can be.
I was asked to join this blog tour by Amber Hsu. Amber is the driving force behind the incredible artzine Tiny Pencil and a multi-talented designer, illustrator, editor and writer. The idea of the blog tour is for authors/illustrators to answer the same set of four questions, then pass it on to few more people to do the same. So Amber passed it on to myself and Alexis Deacon, Amber was nominated by Katriona Chapman who in turn was nominated by Jessica Lopez and also nominated Dan Berry. .. here are my answers.
No.1 What are you working on right now?
I've been pretty busy with a whole range of work and I'll take this chance to post up some new pics from recent and ongoing projects. As well as these projects I am currently involved in designing a catalogue for a photography exhibition in St.Ives and designing a book of poetry for a local artist. I am also starting to prepare some work for the Lakes Comic Festival where 'Studio Dribbly' will be being showcased as part of the comics trail. This will be some brand new screen prints made in collaboration with Pete Murgatroyd and Tom Hubmann. I starting to think seriously about making work for an exhibition at the Falmouth Poly in December where I will be showing alongside Rose Forshall, Georgina Hounsome and Caroline Pedler.
See the full story here.
Games Jam: I took part in a 12-hour games jam in the AIR building at Tremough. The idea was for a group of programmers, 3D and 2D artists to design and make a computer game in only two days! Amazingly my Cowboy Apocalypse concept was chosen to be developed. It's a 'Space Invaders' style game involving daemon cows falling from the sky and the four cows of the apocalypse. The final result should be online soon so watch this space!
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I try not to stick to any one genre and I am always looking to try new things and go in new directions, networking and connecting with other artists has resulted in some interesting work - from painting 200m of black netting 'monster skin' to large scale collaborative pencil drawings, joint exhibitions, workshops, book design, illustrated books and comix. Humour is central to my work and I look for opportunities to use absurd situations, games and concepts. Drawing is equally important to my practice and I am always trying to improve using observation and imagination. I think my 'voice' as an illustrator is developing now, making my work unmistakably mine but still a work in progress.
How does my illustration process work?
I normally start by gathering research and inspirational images. I tend to create boards on Pinterest of related material then I start sketching out ideas, filling books with strange doodles and unreadable notes. At this point it can go in many directions as I decide which style or media to go with. It depends a lot on the project, some personal projects become very self indulgent whereas when working for a specific brief I am always looking for best interpretation that allows me to be as creative as possible.
Why do I illustrate what I illustrate? (or write what I write)
I always try to illustrate things that I have a genuine passion for. It is always obvious when someone really loves and knows their subject matter. As a child I was obsessed with dinosaurs and monsters, bugs, sea life and all kinds of natural history. There is a part of me that wants to scientifically catalogue the natural world , another part of me just wants to laugh at sheer absurdity of it all and another part is terrified of the answers we may or may not find.
I am now passing the Blog Tour baton onto Caroline Pedler and Pete Murgatroyd.
Caroline is an incredibly accomplished artist who shares a joy for pure expression, mark making and colour, harnessing through hard work and dedication the kind of creativity that just wells up out of you and makes beautiful things appear.
Pete creates unhinged comic universes full of weird psychopaths and psychedelic landscapes that convey hidden messages, thought processes and mind control like a death metal record being played backwards underwater.
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